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Trio feature in Malaga

24/01/2022

Dragons' trio Owen Jenkins, Ewan Rosser and Frankie Souto all featured as Wales competed in the HSBC Sevens World Series in Malaga over the weekend.

Wales Head Coach Richie Pugh left the Malaga Sevens in an optimistic frame of mind after seeing his young side complete the third leg of the World Series, with a 34-5 defeat to Spain in the ninth place play-off.

Earlier, Wales overcame Germany 27-14 to reach the ninth place play-off.

“It’s nice that we are actually frustrated as it shows how far we have come in a short space of time,” said Pugh.

“We have to learn to back up our performances with consistency and show we can go again because we ground out some real promising wins against Kenya and Germany so it’s those moments we have to learn to fulfil.

“Against Canada, looking after the ball and possession and against Spain a few things didn’t go our way within the game and it’s a case of when a team goes two scores ahead we’ve still got opportunities to get back into it. We didn’t quite manage to do that as a little bit of inexperience shone through.

“But everything the boys have done has been outstanding and I’m proud of their efforts really. “

The boys are pretty battered and bruised to be fair as there were some big shifts from the boys, the ice machine is going to be absolutely on full power for the next two or three days while the boys recover as we move to Seville.

“We’re ahead of where we thought we’d be and there are reasons to be optimistic. We’re frustrated with results which when we take a step back the reality is we’ve only been together with two weeks prep.

"Those frustrations are from how competitive and how far we’ve come really. We’ve got something to build on for next week in Seville.”

Malaga Sevens Results:  Wales 10-38 France; Wales 19-14 Kenya; Wales 7-26 Canada; Wales v Fiji (Bye); Wales 27-14 Germany; Wales 5-34 Spain

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